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NDA attack: Troops rescue kidnapped Major

By Saxone Akhaine and Abdulganiyu Alabi, Kaduna 
19 September 2021   |   2:46 am
After 25 days in the kidnappers’ den, the Nigerian Army has confirmed the rescue of Major Christopher Datong from his abductors by troops of the Nigerian Military.

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After 25 days in the kidnappers’ den, the Nigerian Army has confirmed the rescue of Major Christopher Datong from his abductors by troops of the Nigerian Military.

It would be recalled that Datong was abducted from the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) some weeks ago when gunmen invaded the Academy, which led to the death of two senior officers.

In a statement, yesterday, Colonel Ezindu Idimah, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, One Mechanised Division, Nigeria Army, Kaduna, said: “Following the directive of the Chief of Defence Staff and Service Chiefs for 1 Division, Nigerian Army, in conjunction with the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) and all security agencies to conduct decisive operations to rescue Major CL Datong, who was abducted at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) Permanent Site on August 24, 2021, and find the perpetrators dead or alive, the  Division in conjunction with the Air Task Force, Department of State Services and other security agencies, immediately swung into action by conducting operations in the Afaka general area to find and rescue the officer.

“The operations were being conducted based on several leads received from various sources, regarding the abductors and likely locations the officer was being held. The operations, which have been sustained since the officer’s abduction, proved quite successful and led to the destruction of several identified bandits’ camps in the Afaka-Birnin Gwari general area and neutralisation of scores of bandits particularly. In the late hours of today, September 17, 2021, the troops arrived at a camp suspected to be the location, where Maj. CL Datong was being held…”

Idimah explained that the troops exchanged fire with the bandits and overwhelmed them with superior fire. “In the process, the gallant troops were able to rescue the abducted officer,” he said.

He commended the efforts of NAF, DSS, Nigeria Police and patriotic Nigerians for their invaluable support that contributed to the operation’s success.